Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, is to mark Clean Air Day on Thursday 20 June by visiting primary schools located alongside two of Scotland’s most polluted streets – St John’s Road and Queensferry Road.
The Liberal Democrat MP will be meeting pupils, parents and teachers at Cramond and Corstorphine primary schools. She will be listening to their concerns about pollution in their areas, and inviting children to write a ‘wish for the environment’ and hang it on a Clean Air Tree.
The roadshow is being supported by Environmental Protection Scotland, which is backing over 100 organisations and individuals taking part in Clean Air Day events across the country.
Ms Jardine commented:
“Clean Air Day is a really important opportunity for us to think about how we can tackle pollution here in the west of Edinburgh, and I’m very excited to spend it with pupils, parents and teachers at Cramond and Corstorphine primary schools.
“Toxic exhaust fumes have a terrible impact on growing children’s lungs, and we owe it to them to clean up our air.
“The event will also mark one year since we launched our petition to bring a Low Emission Zone to this part of the city. Currently the Council is only planning a full LEZ for the city centre, so we need to show them loud and clear that this just isn’t good enough”.
John Bynorth, Policy and Communications Officer at Environmental Protection Scotland, added:
“This campaign aims to raise awareness of how we can all make changes to our lifestyles to improve air quality.
“Around 65% of all car journeys in Scotland are for trips for 3.1 miles or less. If people leave the car at home on Thursday they will be making a huge contribution to reducing road transport emissions.
“Christine Jardine has consistently campaigned to improve air quality in her constituency and the MP’s Clean Air Day visits to the two schools will help spread the message among pupils, and their parents, about the health benefits of walking, cycling or using public transport in place of car journeys.”